I'm standing in my den [in Los Angeles] and I can see a big ash tree in my back yard.
People power is messy – just ask a British politician. But they're in good company. Even the Ancient Greeks who invented democracy couldn't agree on what it meant, writes Paul Vallely
Police firebombed and stoned in protest over shooting of youth last year
Government forced to defend handling of blazes as recriminations begin
As you wander around the Greek capital, spare a thought for Poseidon. How different things might have been had the sea god won the epic showdown for the city, back in mythical times.
If you've seen 'Mamma Mia!' you'll know its star is Skopelos, one of Greece's many entrancing isles. From Corfu to Santorini and Mykonos, everyone has their favourite, says Simon Calder